A search involving 18 aircraft is underway for a plane missing north of Gympie. Photo: Nine News
A search involving 18 aircraft is underway for a plane missing north of Gympie. Photo: Nine News

Desperate search for missing pilot continues

UPDATE 9.30am:

The missing pilot is reported to be Rob Pavan, an experienced amateur pilot, who departed Gympie about 9.30am Saturday bound for a friend's birthday party near Gladstone.

The flight was estimated to take 90 minutes, but he has not been seen or heard from since.

 

UPDATE 7am:

THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority will continue the search today for an overdue single engine aircraft north west of Gympie.

No signs of the missing Jabiru 250 aircraft have been found after the second day of the search.

On Sunday efforts focused on an inland area north west of Gympie and south east of Monto, a total area of more than 13,700 sq km.

Some areas of the mountainous terrain were searched multiple times by the 13 helicopters and five fixed-wing aircraft involved.

The overdue single engine plane departed from Gympie on Saturday morning about 9.30am for an airstrip near Dixalea, about 87km west of Gladstone.

AMSA Search and Rescue was alerted that the pilot had not arrived in Dixalea and a search began about 4.15pm on Saturday.

Anyone who observed a light plane operating to the north west of Gympie between about 9.30am and 11.20am on Saturday should phone AMSA Search and Rescue on 1800 815 257.

MISSING: A map of yesterday's search area for the light plane and pilot that failed to arrive at an airstrip near Dixalea, west of Gladstone.
MISSING: A map of yesterday's search area for the light plane and pilot that failed to arrive at an airstrip near Dixalea, west of Gladstone. Contributed

Earlier:

A PILOT is missing after failing to land at Dixalea, 87km west of Gladstone. 

Ten helicopters and four planes are searching a 3400 sq km area between Gympie and Gladstone.

Anyone who observed a light plane operating to the north west of Gympie between about 9.30am and 11.20am on Saturday, April 18 is requested to contact AMSA Search and Rescue on 1800 815 257.

The plane departed Gympie on Saturday morning at about 9.30am.

AMSA Search and Rescue was alerted the pilot had failed to arrive and the search began about 4.15pm on Saturday.

Search aircraft with thermal imaging and night vision equipment undertook searches of the area overnight and a widespread search involving multiple aircraft started from first light this morning.



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